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1492. A Birth-day Hymn.

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Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day.-ACTS xxvi. 22. (M

I MY Ebenezer raise it ; i64T
To my kind REDEEMER's praise;
With a grateful heart I own,
Hitherto thy help I've known. 9

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2 What may be my future lot,

Well I know concerns me not;
This should set my heart at rest,
What thy will ordains is best.

3 I my all to thee resign;

Father, let thy will be mine;
May but all thy dealings prove
Fruits of thy paternal love.

4 Guard me, SAVIOUR, by thy pow'r;
Guard me in the trying hour;
Let thine unremitted care
Save me from the lurking snare.

5 Let my few remaining days
Be directed in thy praise;
So the last, the closing scene
Shall be tranquil and serene...

6 To thy will I leave the rest,

Grant me but this one request;
Both in life and death to prove/
Tokens of thy special lovegni W

2.1 493 For the New Year.


And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.-ACTS xiii. 18.

LORD, we desire to praise thy name,
That spar'd, another year we see.
To us belongeth only shame;
But love and faithfulness to thee.

2 When we reflect what we've deserv'd, It moves our wonder and our praise, That such should be poor worms preserv'd,

And still be walking in thy ways.

3 How oft, like Israel of old,

Have our vile hearts turn'd back from
To idols base, to calves of gold, [thee!
How oft, alas! we've bow'd the knee!

4 [We've sinn'd against the clearest light; We've sinn'd against the greatest love; We stand convicted in thy sight: Shouldst thou condemn, we must approve.]

5 Nor can we use the suppliant's plea,
"Henceforth thy pleasure we'll fulfil;"
It suits us not to vow, but pray
“Lord, teach us to perform thy will."


494. For the New Year. 7s.

NOW may fervent pray'r arise,
Winged with faith, and pierce the skies;

Fervent pray'r shall bring us downo Gracious answers from the throne.

2 [Bless, O LORD, the op'ning year, To each soul assembled here; Clothe thy word with pow'r divine, Make us willing to be thine.]

3 Shepherd of thy blood-bought sheep,
Teach the stony heart to weep;
Let the blind have eyes to see,
See their sins, and look on thee!
4 Let the minds of all our youth
Feel the force of sacred truth:
While the gospel-call they hear,
May they learn to love and fear!
5 Where thou hast thy work begun,

Give new strength the race to run:
Scatter darkness, doubts, and fears,
Wipe away the mourner's tears.
6 Bless us all, both old and young,
Call forth praise from ev'ry tongue;
Let the whole assembly prove
All thy pow'r and all thy love!

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495. For the Opening of the Year. S.M.

Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.-1. SAM. vii. 12.






LET hearts and tongues unite, And loud thanksgiving raise; 'Tis duty mingled with delight, The SAVIOUR's name to praise.

To him we owe our breath,
He took us from the womb,
Which else had shut us up in death,
And prov'd an early tomb.

In childhood and in youth
His eye was on us still;
Tho strangers to his love and truth,
And prone to cross his will.

Now, thro' another year,
Supported by his care,
We raise our Ebenezer here,

"The LORD has help'd thus far."

Our lot in future years
Unable to foresee;

Yet would we, LORD, dismiss our fears,
And leave it all to thee.

Wholly we wish to cast
Our cares upon thy breast!
Help us to praise thee for the past,
And trust thee for the rest.


496. For the Opening of the New Year.
C. M.
NOW, gracious LORD, thine arm reveals
And make thy glory known
Now let us all thy presence feel,
And soften hearts of stone!

2 Help us to venture near thy throne,
And plead a SAVIOUR'S name;
For all that we can call our own &
Is vanity and shame.

3 [From all the guilt of former sin
May mercy set us free;
And let the year we now begin,
Begin and end with thee.]

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4 Send down thy Spirit from above,
That saints may love thee more;
And sinuers now may learn to love,
Who never lov'd before.




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5 And when before thee we appear,
In our eternal home;
May growing numbers worship here,
And praise thee in our room.


497. Morning. 7s. '


Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust. PSALM cxliii. 8.ùfà°


CHRIST, whose glory fills the skies, &
CHRIST, the true the only light, T
Sun of righteousness, arise,isgall
Triumph o'er the shades of night;


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